MN-1 Monte Novo
House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
With breathtaking panoramic views of the unspoilt Altentejo countryside, this beautiful country house is the perfect rural hideaway. Set in a 3 000m² plot, with a sparkling 8m x 4m swimming pool it has an abundance of olive and fruit trees, scented flowers, indigenous plants and wonderful bird life. The local climate is excellent. It is sunny and hot for most of the year and the traditional houses are built to withstand the heat, providing a cool, comfortable and relaxing environment in a tranquil setting. The house has many home comforts whilst retaining its traditional charm and style. There are books, DVDs and games for entertainment and good mobile phone reception.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Albufeira 45 km|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Faro International 65 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The house was fully renovated in 2008. The main double bedroom is en-suite to the shower room and the other double bedroom and twin bedroom share a bathroom and there is ample wardrobe space in each bedroom.
|Further details outdoors|
The grounds are a mixture of landscaped gardens with scented flowers and indigenous plants and many fruit and olive trees in a more natural, rural setting.
There is a barbecue and traditional bread oven.
A complimentary welcome basket is supplied with local provisions, toiletries and kitchen supplies to get your started.
The Alentejo region
Santana da Serra is the ideal location for exploring the lower Altentejo where you can discover the 'real Portugal'. Unspoilt by tourism, the local towns and many quaint villages stand timelessly in the sun and steeped in history. Ourique, Odemira, Beja and Santa Clara da Velha are all within easy reach of Santana da Serra.
The surrounding area is hilly and rugged, with narrow valleys and streams, crossed by winding paths, and populated by many birds and wildlife. Local industry includes honey, olives, cork and medronho, a strong local alcoholic drink. Hunting, fishing and boating is popular around Santa Clara dam. The entire region has a wild beauty, where you can breathe fresh air and the scent of wild herbs, including lavender and rosemary which cover the landscape with rock roses (Cistus), many wild flowers, heather, gorse, oleander and myrtle, providing splashes of colour.
Monte Novo is located 1km along a dirt road, from the village of Santana da Serra which is situated in the south-central Alentejo, just north of the Algarve off the IC1. The village has a wonderful bakery that supplies bread across the Alentejo and Algarve regions. Local provisions such as home grown fruit and vegetables can be purchased in the village stores as well as grocery supplies and meat from the butcher.
Black pork is a speciality of the region. Wandering the narrow, winding streets or enjoying good cheap meals at the local restaurant and snack bar, you can take in the leisurely pace of life and watch the friendly locals go about their business and the storks balancing precariously from the nests atop the local parish church and telephone poles. There is also a bank with an ATM machine and a pharmacy. There are many local markets, activities and festivals in the area and 2 horse riding stables in Santana da Serra.
Ourique is a larger town, 20 minutes drive from Santana da Serra. It has more shops and restaurants and a very well stocked supermarket. En route you can visit Castro da Cola, an ancient settlement with a great restaurant, surrounded by lovely walking country. Beja, one of the biggest towns in the Altentejo is a 40 minute drive and has wonderful shops, restaurants, a castle and fascinating history. Another good cheap restaurant near Santana da Serra can be found at Rio Torto just 5 minutes away.
The Santa Clara da Velha dam and nature reserve is of breathtaking beauty and has fishing, boating and other watersports on the dam.
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